Unfair to deprive Pak team of playing at home: Misbah
Islamabad: Pakistan’s Test and one-day captain Misbahul Haq has said it is unfair to deprive his team of a chance to compete in front of their own fans due to the lingering security concerns of international sides.
No Test-playing nation has visited Pakistan since March 2009 when terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore killing six Pakistani policemen and a van driver, and wounding some of the visiting players.
Since then, Pakistan have been forced to host their ‘home series’ on neutral venues such as Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates.
“We are a big Test-playing country and it is not fair for us as well as for the other Test-playing countries and world cricket that we are not getting to stage international cricket,” Misbah said.
“It is the responsibility of the cricket boards and their respective governments to come out with policies and ensure how teams can visit Pakistan in the future,” he told the Gulf News.
The 38-year-old Misbah said Pakistan’s last-four finish at the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka showed that the team was doing well in difficult conditions and rising to the challenge despite not playing international cricket in front of home fans.
“It is a big dilemma and it is time the cricketing world comes together to push for international cricket in Pakistan,” he added.
Misbah also commended the idea of hosting the Pakistan Premier League (PPL), and said it was a very important step that would aid the development of the game.